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  • The Sidekicks Initiative: A Comedy Superhero Adventure

  • By: Barry J. Hutchison
  • Narrated by: Phil Thron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon's middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement. Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors' deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All hail THE Butterfly King! Ummm... I mean Randy😜

  • By C. White on 02-20-19

Laughed Continuously & Loved the Story & Character

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-19

This is so much fun! It's like Arand's "Super Sale on Super Heroes" but funny and full of quirky angsty characters with super powers!

SYNOPSIS:
This is a world of super powers where citizens are so used to super villain/heroes fighting in the streets and skies that hoo hum, it's just Tuesday for them and they have trouble keeping all the names and powers straight.

An unknown super villain has killed all the heroes and the government is so desperate they are willing to reactivate all the sidekicks that didn't work out back in the day. The main character is this Beta guy - an average Joe who gets unceremoniously drafted back into the super hero business. All he wants to do is be a normal guy, a father to his little boy, and maybe save up enough cash to buy a 5 Brothers on a Friday night. The crew includes drunken Allergy Girl, and Randy the King of ....... the Butterflies, plus other assorted clever and very very creative super... heroes/sidekicks.

I enjoyed the humor that infused this book. This was the first time after I heard "The End" on an audible book that they included funny production outtakes. The narrator Phil Thron was literally doing spit takes of laughing out loud at the stuff he was cold reading. My favorite one was the superheroes discussion while they were trying out their new costumes and comparing notes about the benefits vs the problems of wearing underwear or going commando. A tie for laugh out loud scene goes to when Randy was checking on an apparently incapacitated super hero by rapping on her forehead!

This book is written for an adult audience. There's no sex, but the author used the F word a few times and a couple of other naughty words, but not enough that I would restrict a kid age 10 + from listening to it. My only complaint was it ended and now I have to wait for a sequel. I hope the author reads this and HURRIES up and writes a sequel faster! I will be buying any and all sequels but happily for me - I just found out he has a bunch of other books on Audible and has written over 100 books!!!

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  • Little Green Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughing Gas

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Imagine Walter Cronkite Probed by an Alien

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This novel is a hoot! I was half way through before I looked it up and found it was political satire from 20 + years ago. As a stand alone novel it shines!

Synopsis: The main character is like Walter Cronkite the old new anchor a very VERY serious high in demand and the toast of Washington DC society guy. Then he gets kidnapped and well.... probed (snicker!!!). Now think what would Walter do? Ignore it? Chalk it up to too much sun? Sometimes it takes getting probed 2 times before people start to take the alien invasion seriously (!)

This is a funny novel that follows the lives of 2 very different people. There's the rich powerful abductee, and the poor government black ops guy that gets drunk one night and orders an abduction on THE WRONG person. In capital letters! When they explained how and why the US government gets into the abduction business I howled with laughter.

The characters in the novel have such funny names that are about as subtle as Pilgrims Progress names (which are as subtle as an anvil dropping on the coyote's head). The only reason I gave it 4.5 stars for overall is that it seemed like it should be punched up just a little bit. I wish they had included more from the view point of the "probers" . I bet this would make a great move or Netflix novella. 5 Stars for the performance.

  • Big Trouble

  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

A chain of events that will change the lives of each and every character will leave some of them wiser, some of them deader, and some of them definitely looking for a new line of work. With a wicked wit, razor-sharp observations, rich characters, and a plot with more twists than the Inland Waterway, Dave Barry makes his debut a complete and utter triumph.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Barry at his Best

  • By Scott on 09-18-08

Awesome Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This is a non-stop mad cap snapshot of South Florida and the weirdness that surrounds our glorious state. The main characters are a slow witted homeless man, a pair of hit men from New Jersey, Roger the dog, Elliott the Ad Man, his teenage son, a couple of Miami cops, Snake & Eddie, Arthur the mob man, Anna the love interest, and a pair of Russians arms dealers.

Plot: This intertwines the lives of several greatly different people who's paths cross as they each seek either a livelihood, a romance, to shoot a pretty girl with a water gun, to eat dog food, sell Hammerhead Beer, rob tourists, or in the case of two of my favorite NJ wise guys to fulfill a murder contract.

This is one of my favorite of all time books. I've read it many times and re-listened to it on Audible this week. The funniest line I have ever read or heard is in the book. One of the thwarted hit men swatted a mosquito and said "If I don't kill someone soon, I'm gonna forget how". This was also a really good movie starring Tim Allen with a lot of characters who eventually became big stars including Sophia Vergera, Jason Lee, Johnny Knoxville, Renee Russo, and Omar Epps.

The author writes a perfect novel and his other novels are just as good or even better. Our whole family agrees on Dave Barry fiction on long car trips and he awakens the joy of reading in young readers. The intro from the author reminds the reader that the book is not for children because his characters curse. He doesn't want them to, they just don't say gosh, hold still while I kill you, but there are no graphic sex scenes. He wrote 3 more adult fiction novels so far, and I dearly wish he would hurry up and write more. The man is mega God gifted when it comes to writing the perfect Florida story. He's more family friendly and frankly funnier than Carl Hiassen or Leonard Elmore combined.

This audible book is a treasure to be enjoyed many times over, then go get the movie and love it too.

Oh - and (after you listen you'll get this) I'm a gator fan (actual grad too).

  • Glory Road

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152

. C. “Scar” Gordon was on the French Riviera recovering from a tour of combat in Southeast Asia, but he hadn’t given up his habit of scanning the personals in the newspaper. One ad in particular leapt out at him: "Are you a coward? This is not for you. We badly need a brave man. He must be 23 to 25 years old, in perfect health, at least six feet tall, weigh about 190 pounds, fluent English with some French, proficient with all weapons, some knowledge of engineering and mathematics essential...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heinlein's great story, a glorious spin by Pinchot

  • By BRKyle on 09-19-12

Heinlein Taking a Stab At Fantasy

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I read this over 30 years ago and after listening to it again on Audible, remembered why I disliked the book. It is a good story about a young warrior and a beautiful damsel, but the underlying theme of the young buck who has zero knowledge about the strange world in which they are adventuring insists on leading everything and being a picture perfect male chauvinist. It stopped the story cold when he even threatened to spank the damsel and was actually serious. Let me get this straight, you're some guy she picked up to help be a hero to do her quest, she has magical ability, seemingly endless knowledge, he's smack in love with her but he won't listen to her and orders her around like a petulant child. Shakes head in disgust.

I've been re-reading Heinlein young sci-fi stand alones recently and enjoying it, but he has this theme throughout his young fiction books of telling the women to literally "Be quiet and let the men do the thinking", which is so unpleasant.

The story is Ok, but I see why he went back to Science Fiction and left the fantasy world alone. His book isn't really a young adult (there are scenes where the local guy offers his wife and daughters for the night) but it's not a good fantasy and has no humorous aspects.

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  • The Rolling Stones

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,319

One of Heinlein's best-loved works, The Rolling Stones follows the rollicking adventures of the Stone family as they tour the solar system. It doesn't seem likely for twins to have the same middle name. Even so, it's clear that Castor and Pollux Stone both have "Trouble" written in that spot on their birth certificates. Of course, anyone who's met their grandmother Hazel would know they came by it honestly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Golden oldie of sci-fi

  • By David on 02-01-16

Trouble with the Tribbles original

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Great 50 s sci fi. David Gerrold was credited with the Star Trek story that took great liberty from this classic story of a family in their spaceship traveling the stars. it's full of fun adventure and even a business lesson or two. I remember having reas this as a kid & basing severAl economic ventures on the advice of Hazel. we need more sci fi like this.

  • Jazz

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

In the winter of 1926, when everybody everywhere sees nothing but good things ahead, Joe Trace, middle-aged door-to-door salesman of Cleopatra beauty products, shoots his teenage lover to death. At the funeral, Joe's wife, Violet, attacks the girl's corpse. This passionate, profound story of love and obsession brings us back and forth in time, as a narrative is assembled from the emotions, hopes, fears, and deep realities of black urban life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The audio is not the same as the book

  • By Rocio on 03-29-16

beautiful voice, terrible story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Review by my teenage 1st year college age daughter

I absolutely hated this. I had to read this for my English class because my teacher is way too obsessed with this book. I can not comprehend why. The entire plot drags on for way longer than needed. The non-chronological storytelling and multiple narrators is not clever as much as annoying. The majority of the story is like " so this girl gets shot then violet gets all angry, did I mention violent? anyways, so Joe's mom was a crazy lady for some reason. Oh! and violet has a hair dressing job!" The only enjoyable aspect is the beautiful voice of the author. When reading the booking, I shake in anger and frustration, but listening to the calm, grandmotherly voice makes it seem like the story is coherent. Outside of the voice, unless you're interested in a non-religious family dealing with the pain and grief of death and adultery in the 1920s, this book is not for you.

  • Abducting Abby

  • The Dragon Lords of Valdier, Book 1
  • By: S. E. Smith
  • Narrated by: David Brenin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,542

Abby Tanner is content to live on her mountain while she creates beautiful works of art and enjoys the peace and quiet. All that changes when a strange golden spaceship crash lands on it. Now Abby has to deal with a golden ship, a tortured alien, and an insane local sheriff.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A NEW SEXY SCI-FI SPECIES HAS LANDED GIRLS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-06-15

Shape Shifter Overbearing Male

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-16

What did you love best about Abducting Abby?

The story was interesting, it kept me listening, even when I was yelling at the heroine to stop being a rug and letting the hero walk all over her.

Would you recommend Abducting Abby to your friends? Why or why not?

I didn't like the main male character. He made all the decisions, and did everything he wanted to, without any consideration as to what was best for his mate, and especially without any remorse as to what his mate/wife wanted.

What does David Brenin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The performer was good. I am always amazed at how they bring a book to life so seemingly easy.

Any additional comments?

It's a shape shifter book. I didn't realize it when I bought it, and I'm not a fan of the genre. The story was interesting, this reclusive young artist finds this naked guy and nurses him back to health. Then he wakes up and starts ordering her around and taking over her life, and becoming her lover (her first), then IMO being a major jerk and taking her off planet without her consent. (it's not a spoiler, it's the title of the book!). The book also ends on essentially a cliff hanger, and Abby just blithely forgives the hero/jerk for his actions, then goes about enjoying her new planet home. The book also ends on a cliff hanger, but I'm not particularly inclined to read more of their story, I like the writing, but the whole taking away choices without consequences is a big turn off.

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  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,747

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

A Book for Book Lovers

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Where does Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's high on the list

Would you recommend Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes to any book lover.

Which character – as performed by Ari Fliakos – was your favorite?

The roommate artist. He had a small but significant part and didn't seem like a loser.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I pretty much did on a long trip across Florida.

Any additional comments?

The book is full of mysterious conspiracies, and features some modern times losers who have great jobs or are underemployed, and all are drawn together to solve the riddle of an ages old cult that seeks eternal life through scholarship. It's weird and cute and funny, and sometimes disappointing - in the characters, not necessarily the story or the writing.

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  • Taken

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629

Abducted at the age of sixteen and coerced into assisting the Jacoby crime family, Shannon Bliss has finally found a way out. She desperately wants to resume some semblance of normal life, but she also knows she has some unfinished business to attend to. She has enough evidence to put her captors behind bars for a very long time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 2.5 Boring Most Of The Time

  • By Lia on 11-08-17

A Comfort Story Not A Thriller

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-15

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was slightly disappointed.

What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His performance was wonderful. I listened to him for over 12 hours, and it never got old.

Any additional comments?

This is NOT a thriller - it's only like a very very long hurt/comfort story without any of the hurt actually written in. It's all created in the mind of the reader - like Alfred Hitchcock, or the monster in Jaws, you don't get the details, just that something mega bad happened to the heroine.

It's about a rich girl who was kidnapped at age 16. It's now 11 years later, and she's escaped and has latched onto someone she believes can help her adapt and ease back into real life. This is no girl, she's a grown woman who has problems, but is not a drooling on the floor/nightmares kind of person. She is a very practical and intelligent survivor.

I spent the first 1/3 of the book asking myself "Why are these people making her problems their problems?" and "Who's gonna pay for this?" and "Surely the police are going to believe that she was a conspirator at some point?". Then I just let it go, and said, it's part of the cannon, just believe that the world is aligned thusly.

I read a couple other Henderson novels, and I like her Christian characters, but I missed that this is not a suspense novel. I kept waiting for bullets to fly etc, but after about the 6 hour mark, I signed and resigned myself to the fact that this was probably just a book about emotions. I finished the book and enjoyed it, but it's not my usual cup of tea. Plus, for a 'romance', there was zero and I do mean zero stuff of romance, no longing looks, no denial or self or passionate longings, just a couple of quiet discussions about "Not having an 11:30 moment to regret". They acted honorably, but not like people who are falling in love.





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  • Grave Secret

  • Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfactory final conclusion

  • By V. Sharol Cutrell on 10-31-09

Last Book in the Harper Paranormal Series

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The performer paused so often to for dramatic purposes, that it made the characters come across as haughty and self important. IMO, It felt like she 'spoke down' to the audience.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mark Twain or Taken

Would you be willing to try another one of Alyssa Bresnahan’s performances?

I guess.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Grave Secret?

A. The story wasn't that good.

B. It lacked the friendship and family interaction that would have been expected when someone dies or is shot.

C. The Heroine kept switching back and forth from calling her lover her 'brother' and 'boyfriend'. It was creepy as heck. He was her STEP brother, but she never referred to him as such.

D. The mystery 'climax - reveal' at the Texas ranch was ridiculous. It made no sense for these characters to suddenly throw out years of planning and plotting and have a great big 'confession' before the convenient and sudden ending.

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